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 Expert  727306

Expert in Confectionery and Chocolate Product Development; Manufacturing Problem-Solving

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Georgia (GA)
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Expert has over 30 years consulting experience in confectionery and chocolate, in the U.S.A. and in more than 30 other countries. He has 19 years hands-on production and plant management experience in confectionery and chocolate in England and Ireland.

Expert is a graduate, with Honors, of the School of Confectionery Technology, Borough Polytechnic Institute, London. He was the author of the 'Confectionery Workshop' technical column for 12 years in 'Candy Industry' magazine, and is the technical consultant to that publication. He has also written more than 30 other published technical articles.

For over 25 years, he was an instructor on technical courses for the NCA, PMCA, RCI and CPA. Expert presented numerous technical papers at meetings of the AACT, NCA, PMCA, RCI and IFT, and has contributed to three technical books.


sugarless confection






candy manufacturing


sugarless hard candy


aerated candy




caramel candy




hard candy


molding system


continuous production






product formulation


contract manufacturing


food extrusion


employee training


sugar coating process






cocoa butter




corn syrup


gum arabic


new product development

In 2010, Expert was inducted into the NCSA Candy Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the RCI 2006 'Henry J. Bornhofft' award, the AACT 1996 'Stroud Jordan' award, and the 1983 NCA Research and Education Award. He also served 15 years in various offices of the Chicago and Southeast Sections of the AACT, and was a member for many years on the NCA Technical Committee and the NCA Research Committee.

AACT - American Association of Candy Technologists NCA - National Confectioners Association PMCA - An International Association of Confectioners (formerly the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners Association) RCI - Retail Confectioners International NCSA - National Confectionery Sales Association IFT - Institute of Food Technologists CPA - Center for Professional Advancement




food extrusion screw


food processing equipment


food sweetener




high fructose corn syrup


liquid sugar










plant layout


preservative effect


product evaluation


product testing


rubber molding






sucrose crystallization


cost control




nonnutritive sweetener


food product development

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia;  Athens, Georgia;  Macon, Georgia;  Roswell, Georgia;  and Marietta, Georgia.

Often requested
with this expert:

Food Engineering/ Crystallization
Food, Confectionery and Pharmafoods Technology
Food & Beverage Product Development
Food Ingredients ,Sales, Brokerage Management, Distributor...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1958   City & Guilds, London, England   Confectionery & Chocolate Technology   Borough Polytechnic School, London   Bronze & Silver Medalist (top honors)

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1985 to







Provides technical consulting services, including product development and manufacturing problem solving, to confectionery and chocolate manufacturers, and to related industries. Has worked for over 600 companies in 30 countries.

1970 to 1985


Knechtel Laboratories (Consulting)


Skokie (Chicago), Illinois


Executive V.P. /Senior Consultant


Provided technical consulting, including product development and manufacturing problem solving, to confectionery and chocolate manufacturers, and to related industries.

1953 to 1970


Clarnico Murray, Ltd. (confectionery)


Dublin, Ireland


Plant Manager


Overall management of a general line confectionery company, having 450 employees and approximately 300 products.

1951 to 1953


Clarnico, Ltd.


London, England


Trainee Manager


He was Trainee Manager for several years.

1949 to 1951


Royal Air Force




Aeroengine Mechanic


He was an Aeroengine Mechanic for several years with RAF.

Career Accomplishments:


Professional Appointments

Technical Consultant to 'Candy Industry' magazine


Inducted into 2010 NCSA Candy Hall of Fame; RCI 2006 'Henry J. Bornhofft Award'; AACT 1996 'Stroud Jordan Award'; NCA 1983 'Research and Education Award'; numerous plaques & certificates for teaching on industry courses and presentations of technical papers

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has published over 30 technical articles and 50 magazine columns. He has also contributed to 3 technical books.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Candy Industry Magazine  
 - Manufacturing Confectioner Magazine  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Over the period of 1985 - 2007, he was continuously employed under a consulting contract by H.C. Brill Co., Tucker, GA, the largest U.S. manufacturer of cake icings, glazes and pie fillings. Responsibilities included new product development, process development, quality improvement and cost control.
  • For Elmer's Candy Co., Ponchatoula, LA, he has had various projects over the last 20 years. One of the major projects was to formulate 'one-shot' fillings and develop the process for production of continuous one-shot centers.
  • For Kellogg's, he was hired to design and teach a course in candy and chocolate technology for management, production and R&D personnel. He also advised on various candy-type R&D projects.
  • For Slim-Fast, he developed a complete range of nutritional candy bar formulations, directed the selection of suitable equipment and ran test trials with European equipment suppliers.
  • Over a period of two years, he directed a major re-equipment project for Fanny Farmer Candies, including complete revamping of the extrusion and chocolate coating operations, fondant making and cream center processing, starch moulding, and design of a bulk chocolate installation.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Pharmaceutical Polishing Pan SME.
  • Chocolate processing expert for consulting on Development of a new chocolate recipe.
  • Expert in Ink or Dye for alternative material selection.
  • Expert in CHOCOLATE.
  • Gelatin chemistry expert for consulting on Gelatin injection molding.
  • Food processing expert for consulting on eliminating bloom/frost in a tallow candle.
  • Hard candy expert for consulting on Hard Candies.
  • Expert in in Hard Candy and Chewing gum production processes.
  • Food frozen expert for consulting on Chocolate enrobing.
  • Confectionery expert for consulting on Confectionery factory relocation.
  • Expert cocolate expert for consulting on truffles. bon-bons, piece candy.
  • Expert in chocolate technology training.
  • Chocolate processing expert for consulting on chocolate panning and enrobing.
  • Confectionery manufacturing expert for consulting on Ganache Recipe Formulations.
  • Confectionery expert to provide training in the confectionery industry in Egypt.
  • Sugar processing expert for consulting on Sugar Storage.
  • Confectionary expert for consulting on Reduction of lead level in black liquorice
  • Expert for consulting on Caramel Corn formula
  • Expert for consulting on Launching a social enterprise.
  • Food formulation expert for consulting on Protein Chocolate Formulation.
  • Chocolate panning expert for consulting on panning.
  • Expert for consulting on Chocolate Panning.
  • Stabilizer processing expert for consulting on Gums stabilizers.
  • Chocolate FDA testing expert for consulting on importing chocolate from Japan.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
In 2015, expert witness for defendant in intellectual property suit, candy & chocolate, case settled in favor of defendant.

In 2013, expert witness for defendant in intellectual property suit, color manufacturer, case settled out of court.

In 1999, expert witness for candy manufacturer in evaluation of distressed product in a warehouse, case settled out of court .

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in confectionary contamination, bulk ingrediant handling.
  • Expert for consulting on trade secret action.
  • Fudge manufacturing expert for consulting on Fudge manufacturing.
  • Expert for consulting on Sugar Manufacturer - Product Recall.
  • Expert in engineering food products for consulting on evaluation of black cocoa asphyxiation.
  • FDA expert needed for consulting regarding FDA regulation needed for ongoing litigation.
  • chocolate storage and mold
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1997 to 1915   Colombia   Has a continuous consulting relationship with Nacional de Chocolates & Dulces de Colombia. Completed several projects at the factories involving sugar panning, fruit chews production and one-shot chocolate production. Continues with on-going problem resolution by e-mail.
2008 to 2009   Saudi Arabia   Developed caramel-type popcorn coatings for NBCC (Nat'l Biscuits & confectionery; ran equipment trials in Chicago, then spent two weeks in Jeddah to start-up a production line.
1986 to 1995   Mexico   For Montes y Cia., Guadalajara, Mexico, from 1986 - 1995, he directed several projects for re-equipment, as well as formula and process improvement. This project included the design and teaching of a technical course for management and laboratory personnel.
1982 to 1983   Egypt   Hired by Alexandria Confectionery Co. to start up a Multiplex extrusion line for the production of a wide range of candy bars and chocolate centers. All formulations were developed sourcing local ingredients.
1985 to 1987   Finland   In four visits to Helsinki, for Oy Karl Fazer AB, he undertook various projects for the development of peanut butter products, granola and health food bars, extruded nougat bars, and sugar-free candies.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Conversational (travel)
French   Conversational (travel)
Spanish   Conversational (travel)

Market Research:
A well-known technical consultant in the candy and chocolate industry, both in the U.S. and internationally. Winner of the Candy Hall of Fame award, 2010.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

25 years as instructor on four candy and chocolate industry technology courses. Custom-designed courses for various clients, both at their locations and in his laboratory.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Works with numerous ingredient suppliers and equipment manufacturers and dealers on behalf of clients.

Other Skills and Services

Development of new products, or conversion of product ideas, to practical production processes. Solves manufacturing problems and trains operatives in best procedures.


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